1-29-13 WVU, Defense Department sign academic agreement

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University’s School of Journalism could soon expand the availability of online and traditional classes for military service members and others who have studied in a Defense Department training program.

WVU President Jim Clements signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant of the Defense Information School. It’s the Defense Department’s premier institution for public affairs and visual information training.

Military service members, civilian employees of the Defense Department and international military personnel there study such areas as print journalism, photojournalism, photography, broadcasting, equipment maintenance and various forms of multimedia.

The agreement lays the foundation for an academic partnership that officials say is deliberately non-specific to allow for flexibility.

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